Aunt Alexandra: useful quotes

N.B. My page numbers refer to The Arrow Books 2010 edition.  If you have a different edition, see the bottom of the page for the list of chapters by page number.

Here are some quotes which would be useful for answering a question such as: How does Harper Lee present Aunt Alexandra in the novel as a whole?

140

‘Put my bag in the front bedroom, Calpurnia.’ was the first thing Aunt Alexandra said.  ‘Jean louise, stop scratching your head.’ was the second thing she said.

140

Aunt Alexandra says to Scout: it would be best for you to have some feminine influence

141

Aunt Alexandra was positively irritable on the Lord’s Day.

142

Aunt Alexandra was the last of her kind; she had riverboat, boarding school manners; let any moral come along and she would uphold it; she was born in the objective case; she was an incurable gossip

given the slightest chance, she would exercise her royal prerogative: she would arrange, advise, caution, warn.

143

Aunt Alexandra was of the opinion … that the longer a family had been squatting on one patch of land the finer it was.

147

Your aunt has asked me to try and impress upon you … that you are the product of several generations’ gentle breeding. (Atticus)

172

‘Don’t talk like that in front of them.’

229

Miss Alexandra’ll absolutely have a stroke of paralysis when she finds out. (Calpurnia)

247

Perhaps this was why she had come to live with us – to help us choose our friends.

248

(re Walter Cunningham) He – is – trash

249

She’s tryin to make you a lady. (Jem)

250

Atticus said one time the reason Aunty’s so hipped on the family is because all we’ve got’s background and not a dime to our names  (Jem)

251

she had let Calpurnia serve today

253

‘Stay with us Jean Louise,’ she said.  This was a part of her campaign to teach me to be a lady.

257/8

She gave Miss Maudie a look of pure gratitude, and I wonered at the world of women.  Miss Maudie and Aunt Alexandra had never been especially close, and here was Aunty silently thanking her for something.  For what, I knew not.

262

if Aunty could be a lady at a time like this, so could I.

291

Aunt Alexandra’s fingers trembled as she unwound the fabric and wire from around me.  ‘Are you alright darling?’ she asked me over and over as she worked me free.

Chapters by page number

PAGES

CHAPTERS

PART ONE

3-16

1

17-24

2

25-35

3

36-45

4

46-55

5

55-64

6

64-70

7

70-82

8

82-98

9

98-109

10

110-124

11

PART TWO

127-139

12

140-148

13

148-159

14

159-171

15

171-182

16

183-197

17

197-209

18

209-220

19

220-227

20

227-233

21

234-239

22

239-251

23

251-262

24

262-266

25

266-273

26

273-280

27

280-294

28

294-298

29

298-305

30

305-end

31

 

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